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Symposium: Maximising Quebec's economic potential


Tuesday 15 Nov 2016
From 8:30AM To 12PM


As part of its Québec économique project, on November 15, 2016, CIRANO hosted a symposium centred around the 13 ideas put forward in the book Maximiser le potentiel économique du Québec (Maximising Quebec's economic potential).


The book is available in bookstores or on the PUL Website.

Jean-Pierre Aubry

Jean-Pierre Aubry is an economist with over 35 years of experience, including 30 years at the Bank of Canada, a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Association des économistes québécois and an Associate Fellow of CIRANO.

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Jean-Michel Cousineau

Jean-Michel Cousineau is an economist and full professor at the School of Industrial Relations of the Université de Montréal. He is a specialist in labour economics, econometrics and public policy. He was Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Association des économistes québécois for many years and a member of the Centre d'études sur la pauvreté et l'exclusion from 2006 to 2012. His research interests and most recent publications focus on poverty, income inequality, and public policies for inclusive growth. His main contributions and scientific publications have focused on minimum wage, employment insurance and income support programs in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere in the world. Most recently, he was a member of a three-member panel of experts appointed by the Government of Quebec to study the guaranteed minimum income.

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Pierre Fortin

Pierre Fortin is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and former President of the Canadian Economics Association.

His research interests include economic growth and fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policy, social policy and public finance.

He was a member of the Committee of Economic Advisors to the Minister of Finance of Canada and Senior Economic Advisor to the Premier of Quebec. He has chaired government working groups on business investment, income security and the agri-food industry.

He has received the Governor General's Gold Medal, the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences award, the Douglas Purvis Memorial Award (for best publication in the field of economic policy in Canada), and four times the National Magazine Awards Foundation Gold Medal (for best regular column in a Canadian magazine). He is Commander of the Order of Montreal and Knight of the Order of Quebec.

He holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Luc Godbout

A Researcher and Fellow since 2004, Luc Godbout is Full Professor at the Department of Taxation of the Université de Sherbrooke. He also holds the Chaire de recherche en fiscalité et en finances publiques at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Holding a Ph.D. in Public Law from University Aix-Marseille III, he has a strong interest in comparative taxation, and his recent research has focused on the tax structure in determining economic growth, the impact of an aging population on public finances, and the financing of public pension plans.

His expertise has called him to advise the Government of Quebec, whether it is the Expert Panel on the Future of the Pension System or more recently the Quebec Taxation Review Commission, which he has chaired.

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Mia Homsy

Mia Homsy has been the Executive Director of the Institut du Québec since its founding. Between 2009 and 2012, she was a political advisor and deputy chief of staff at the Quebec Ministry of Finance, and then senior economic advisor to the leader of the official opposition in 2012 and 2013. In 2018, Mia Homsy was appointed Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of a National Pharmacare Program by the Government of Canada.

A graduate in International Studies from the Université de Montréal and holder of a Master's degree in International Management from HEC Montréal, Mia Homsy regularly appears in the media to comment on economic and budgetary issues.

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Marcelin Joanis

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2008, Main researcher of the theme Economic and Fiscal Policy and Researcher in charge of the "Le Québec économique" project, Marcelin Joanis is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. He is also Director of the Research Group on Management and Globalization of Technology (GMT).

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto, his main research interests are public economics, public finance and policy analysis.

A specialist in public economics, his research focuses on public finance, public infrastructure, regional economics, fiscal federalism and political economy. His publications in international peer-reviewed journals include articles in the Journal of Development Economics, Fiscal Studies, Public Choice, Economics and Politics et Applied Economics. He has participated in research projects at CIRANO with several partners on topics ranging from public procurement to public debt, education economics, regional development, health financing and intelligent electronic markets.

He previously held positions as Economist in the federal government (Ministry of Finance) and the Government of Québec (Commission on Fiscal Imbalance) and recently worked as Consultant with the World Bank and the Auditor General of Quebec. Before joining Polytechnique Montréal in 2014, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Sherbrooke.

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Thérèse Laflèche

Thérèse Laflèche is an economic consultant.

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Jean-Luc Landry

Jean-Luc Landry is Chairman and CEO of Landry Investment Management.

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Mario Lefebvre

Mario Lefebvre is Chair of the Public Policy Committee (PPC) at Ivanhoe Cambridge.

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Jean-Pierre Lessard

Jean-Pierre Lessard is a co-founding partner of Aviseo Conseil.

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Pierre-Paul Proulx

Pierre-Paul Proulx is Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal, where he taught international economics for some 30 years.

An economic advisor in the public and private sectors and author of numerous articles and reports, he was Deputy Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion during the Canada-U.S. sectoral negotiations and the Free Trade Agreement.

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Yves St-Maurice

Yves St-Maurice holds a master's degree in management sciences specializing in applied economics from HEC Montréal. He is an economic consultant and collaborates as a research professional with the Chair in Taxation and Public Finance Research at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Association des économistes québécois. Prior to that, he was Senior Director and Assistant Chief Economist of Economic Studies at Desjardins Group, where he spent a large part of his forecasting career during the 1990s.

Mr. St-Maurice was also Associate Director of Economic Services at the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa where he led several international economic forecasting modelling projects and conducted numerous studies on fiscal imbalance, regulation and public finance. He was also a member of the Commission d'examen de la fiscalité québécoise (2014-2015).

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Carole Vincent

Carole Vincent holds a PhD in Economics from Université Laval and has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing a wide range of research activities on various economic and social policy issues.

Prior to joining CIRANO, she was the Executive Director of the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (CIQSS). During her career, she has held key positions in various research organizations, including the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation in Ottawa and the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal. She has acted as a consultant for numerous government agencies, including the Secrétariat à la condition féminine du Québec, Employment and Social Development Canada and the Commission d'examen sur la fiscalité québécoise as a Commissioner.  

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8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:15
Welcoming Remarks
Marcelin Joanis, Mario Lefebvre
9:15 - 10:00
Panel 1: Context and Outlook for Quebec
Luc Godbout, Pierre Fortin, Pierre-Paul Proulx, Yves St-Maurice, Mia Homsy
10:00 - 10:15
Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:00
Panel 2: Role of the Public Sector
Mario Lefebvre, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Jean-Michel Cousineau, Thérèse Laflèche, Carole Vincent
11:00 - 11:45
Panel 3: Specific Issues
Marcelin Joanis, Jean-Claude Cloutier, Jean-Pierre Lessard, Jean-Luc Landry
11:45 - 12:00
Closing Remarks


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